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The Fat of the Land The Story of an American Farm   By: (1841-1905)

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THE FAT OF THE LAND

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THE FAT OF THE LAND

The Story of an American Farm

BY

JOHN WILLIAMS STREETER

New York

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., Ltd.

1904

All rights reserved

copyright, 1904.

by THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.

Set up, electrotyped, and published February, 1904. Reprinted March, April, May, 1904.

Norwood Press

J.S. Cushing & Co. Berwick & Smith Co. Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.

To POLLY

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. MY EXCUSE 3

II. THE HUNTING OF THE LAND 11

III. THE FIRST VISIT TO THE FARM 14

IV. THE HIRED MAN 25

V. BORING FOR WATER 31

VI. WE TAKE POSSESSION 36

VII. THE HORSE AND BUGGY MAN 45

VIII. WE PLAT THE FARM 49

IX. HOUSE CLEANING 54

X. FENCED IN 61

XI. THE BUILDING LINE 67

XII. CARPENTERS QUIT WORK 70

XIII. PLANNING FOR THE TREES 78

XIV. PLANTING OF THE TREES 88

XV. POLLY'S JUDGMENT HALL 94

XVI. WINTER WORK 101

XVII. WHAT SHALL WE ASK OF THE HEN? 103

XVIII. WHITE WYANDOTTES 110

XIX. FRIED PORK 116

XX. A RATION FOR PRODUCT 121

XXI. THE RAZORBACK 126

XXII. THE OLD ORCHARD 135

XXIII. THE FIRST HATCH 138

XXIV. THE HOLSTEIN MILK MACHINE 144

XXV. THE DAIRYMAID 150

XXVI. LITTLE PIGS 155

XXVII. WORK ON THE HOME FORTY 158

XXVIII. DISCOUNTING THE MARKET 164

XXIX. FROM CITY TO COUNTRY 169

XXX. AUTUMN RECKONING 174

XXXI. THE CHILDREN 178

XXXII. THE HOME COMING 183

XXXIII. CHRISTMAS EVE 189

XXXIV. CHRISTMAS 194

XXXV. WE CLOSE THE BOOKS FOR '96 199

XXXVI. OUR FRIENDS 202

XXXVII. THE HEADMAN'S JOB 210

XXXVIII. SPRING OF '97 217

XXXIX. THE YOUNG ORCHARD 225

XL. THE TIMOTHY HARVEST 230

XLI. STRIKE AT GORDON'S MINE 236

XLII. THE RIOT 250

XLIII. THE RESULT 260

XLIV. DEEP WATERS 268

XLV. DOGS AND HORSES 274

XLVI. THE SKIM MILK TRUST 282

XLVII. NABOTH'S VINEYARD 285

XLVIII. MAIDS AND MALLARDS 294

XLIX. THE SUNKEN GARDEN 298

L. THE HEADMAN GENERALIZES 303

LI. THE GRAND GIRLS 308

LII. THE THIRD RECKONING 313

LIII. THE MILK MACHINE 317

LIV. BACON AND EGGS 328

LV. THE OLD TIME FARM HAND 337

LVI. THE SYNDICATE 342

LVII. THE DEATH OF SIR TOM 346

LVIII. BACTERIA 352

LIX. MATCH MAKING 355

LX. "I TOLD YOU SO" 362

LXI. THE BELGIAN FARMER 367

LXII. HOME COMING 375

LXIII. AN HUNDRED FOLD 378

LXIV. COMFORT ME WITH APPLES 383

LXV. THE END OF THE THIRD YEAR 388

LXVI. LOOKING BACKWARD 394

LXVII. LOOKING FORWARD 402

THE FAT OF THE LAND

CHAPTER I

MY EXCUSE

My sixtieth birthday is a thing of yesterday, and I have, therefore, more than half descended the western slope. I have no quarrel with life or with time, for both have been polite to me; and I wish to give an account of the past seven years to prove the politeness of life, and to show how time has made amends to me for the forced resignation of my professional ambitions. For twenty five years, up to 1895, I practised medicine and surgery in a large city. I loved my profession beyond the love of most men, and it loved me; at least, it gave me all that a reasonable man could desire in the way of honors and emoluments. The thought that I should ever drop out of this attractive, satisfying life, never seriously occurred to me, though I was conscious of a strong and persistent force that urged me toward the soil. By choice and by training I was a physician, and I gloried in my work; but by instinct I was, am, and always shall be, a farmer. All my life I have had visions of farms with flocks and herds, but I did not expect to realize my visions until I came on earth a second time.

I would never have given up my profession voluntarily; but when it gave me up, I had to accept the dismissal, surrender my ambitions, and fall back upon my primary instinct for diversion and happiness... Continue reading book >>




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